Gonzaga Law’s curriculum ensures that graduates possess the practical skills required to be compassionate counselors and effective advocates. Our Mentoring Program takes that strategy a step further. The program pairs each 1L student with a 2L/3L mentor through the Smitty Leadership Fellows Program. After being mentored by upperclass students on how to succeed in law school during their first year, students are then paired with their alumni mentor prior to beginning their second year so they can connect with distinguished alumni, both locally and across the country, who are actively engaged in the profession.
Smitty Leadership Fellows Mentoring for 1L Students
The Smithmoore P. Myers Leadership Fellows Program (“Smitty Leadership Fellows Program”) was founded in 2017. Through that program, interested 2L/3L students apply to become Smitty Leadership Fellows and those selected are paired with a small group of incoming 1L students to provide mentoring and support as the 1L students adjust to their first year of law school. The Smitty Leadership Fellows Program is named after Smithmoore P. “Smitty” Myers (Class of 1939), the beloved, two-time Dean of Gonzaga University School of Law, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 101. Smitty embodied the very best of what it means to be a Gonzaga Lawyer: humble, generous in his service to others, and an exceptional attorney who made a truly defining contribution to the life and character of Gonzaga Law. The Spokane County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award is also named in Smitty’s honor.
Alumni Mentoring for 2L/3L Students
The Alumni Mentoring Program pairs upperclass law students with a local alumnus, offering the opportunity for students to gain insight about the legal profession, the realities of practicing law, and the difficulties and satisfaction of a legal career. The mentor will also serve as a source of guidance and support regarding the Gonzaga Law School experience. This program is designed to:
- Expand a law student’s understanding of the practice of law outside of the classroom
- Expose law students to the art of practicing law through the perspective of a practitioner
- Instill in law students the pride and integrity of legal practice
- Provide students with a qualified, committed attorney role model
- Introduce law students to the legal community and provide networking opportunities
- Provide a voice of experience for students in the study of law